A child can’t decide how to spend her day but takes inspiration from her love of art.
Isabella is content to spend her day off from school at home with her stuffed toy mouse, but her parents try to find alternate activities. Their discussion about possible places to visit and things to do is embedded with fine-art references that are also depicted and referenced in the illustrations. When Isabella’s mother asks, “[H]ow about the park?” Isabella responds, “Let me THINK about it,” and digital art depicts her as a statue in a pose similar to Rodin’s The Thinker that’s being carved by her now-anthropomorphized, sentient toy. Subsequent spreads reveal 10 other references to fine art, all but one of which are by white men. Mary Cassatt’s The Boating Party is the exception, in a spread depicting Isabella and her parents in a rowboat as she says, “A BOAT PARTY would be fun….But it’s awfully chilly today.” The exclusivity is enough to make readers “SCREAM” like Munch’s subject in another painting referenced in the book. At the end, Isabella invites her parents to see a museum of her own making, and they admire pictures on her bedroom wall inspired by the referenced art pieces, which are then identified in backmatter.
Extraordinarily exclusive. (Picture book. 3-6)